A number of UK clubs have made some significant acquisitions that promise to make the coming months as exciting for British football fans as the online casino for South Africa is for South Africans. Teams including Norwich City, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Leicester City Club can look forward to some interesting gaming in the near future.
1. Norwich City
Rob Nizet of Belgium has become the latest addition to Norwich City’s under-23 squad. Nizet, born in 2002, signed a 3 year contract. He will initially join up with the development squad as a left-back. Belgium capped Nizet at U15 and U16 levels and he has now reached U17 level. He was instrumental in Belgium’s reaching the quarter-finals of the Uefa European U17 championship last fall in Ireland.
For the U17 championship, Nizet played the entire game. After beating Holland 3-10 in the quarter-finals the Belgians finished in fifth place after a play-off penalty shootout defeat to Hungary.
Now, Norwich is looking to raise the standards of their U23 squad, bringing players who are capable of going out on loan to good levels. They have already signed Scotland U19 keeper Archie Mair from Aberdeen and England Under-18 midfielder Daniel Adshead from Rochdale. The Belgian football website VoetbalPrimeur reports that, despite Nizet’s presence at Anderlecht for four years, he didn’t sign professional terms. Therefore, only youth compensation will be required at Norwich.
Gabriel Martinellli, an 18-year-old forward, has been acquired by Arsenal after a trial at Manchester United. Martinelli has signed a long-term contract with the north London Club but Ituano, the Brazilian football club from Itu in São Paulo where he played as a youth, saw him as a rising star. At Ituano, Martinelli was the youngest player to debut this century.
Ahead of the 2019 Campeonato Paulista, Martinelli was moved into the Ituano senior squad where he finished Sao Paul’s state championship as the club’s top scorer. After that competition Martinelli was named best newcomer. Barcelona invited Martinelli to train with them in Spain. Martinelli said that it was one of the best experiences that he’d ever had in football. “Besides being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.”
Arsenal obviously believes that Martinelli has the potential to go to the top. He’s seen as a quick forward who can play across the frontline, including as a central striker. He performs best when he’s wide on the left and can create a chance for the striker or cut inside onto his right foot to get a shot away.
Arsenal scouted Martinelli because they were impressed by his ball-carrying skills, energy levels, and ability to get up and down the pitch. They also were pleased with the composure that such a young, inexperienced player is able to show. Now Arsenal will be working on helping Martinelli improve his left foot which the opposition full-back will almost certainly try to take advantage of to make him less of a threat. Arsenal’s task will be to show Martinelli out wide so he can improve and get to the top – a journey that Arsenal believes he can accomplish.
3. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Raul Jimenez’s signing by the Wolverhampton Wanderers is a club record. Jiménez, who will be coming from Benfica, became a permanent member of the squad after his season-long loan expired in June. The 27-year-old striker has agreed to a four-year contract.
Jiménez has scored 12 times in the Premier League. His assists include goals in the 2-1 victory against Manchester United. The Jiménez-Diogo Jota partnership has proven to be particularly successful during the second half of the campaign and the club is welcoming the prospect of the two continuing to play up front together .
Jiménez, originally from Mexico, was not a prolific player during his three years in Europe. Westhampton, however, saw in Jiménez the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and their faith has been rewarded.
Jiménez is recognized for his excellent close control and his ability to hold up the ball. In the Wolves’ equalizer against United he made a brilliant pass to Jota and his scoring record is among the best in the league, including three goals in the FA Cup.Wolves’ manager Nuno Espírito Santo advocated for Jiménez to stay for the long term. Jiménez’s transfer fee will top the previous record signing of Adama Traoré.
4. Leicester City
Belgian Youri Tielemans is coming to Leicester City from Monaco. His arrival will give the club a midfielder who has been published on the club’s website: “It is such a great feeling to sign for this club. Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player. I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my teammates.”
During his loan spell Tielemans made 13 appearances in which he scored three times. He will now join James Justin and Ayoze Pérez as new arrivals. According to Leicester City manager Brendan Rodger, “I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here. Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.”